Today our space adventure comes to an end but don’t be sad, there will be new ones!
I know, this is the second film quote today (well almost, the original is “It’s alive!”) and I haven’t even written that much yet. It could be because I did film studies when I was younger or maybe it’s just that those quotes are so famous that it’s difficult not to think about them.
Anyway, one of the first things I did today was to paint the little astronaut’s face.
I also worked some more on the planets adding colour, rings and land on the big blue one.
(Reaching for the) Stars
Finally, I got to paint one of my favourite parts: the stars (if you have been following this series of posts I was already looking forward to that on day 1)!
I am very happy with the result!
I’m sure that when I look at this illustration again in a few months (maybe it will even only take weeks or days… or hours) I will be more critical about it and point at things that are not quite right or that I could have done better. And that’s okay.
But for now, the paint on my palette and my brushes aren’t dry yet and I am just happy, and here’s why:
1.I drew the sketch back in February. After such a long time this sketch could have just been forgotten like a lot of my other sketches but it actually became a physical painting!
2. I didn’t use any references other than my initial sketch and didn’t even trace the illustration before starting – this could have gone wrong in so many ways, but it didn’t!
3. I wrote about my process! (Whoop, whoop!) I do normally share work in progress on Instagram – the convenience of pictures and the immediacy is nice but sometimes it is good to sit down and reflect on what just happened.
4. I am very happy because it worked! When I started working on this project I was feeling drained. My brain was submerged with self-doubt. I was lost! Taking some ‘me time’ and painting whatever I wanted however I wanted showed me that I can draw, and paint, and that I have a personal voice. You might think “Duh! Of course you can draw!” but unfortunately sometimes the obvious doesn’t seem so obvious.
Anyhow, I am thrilled that this experiment worked! Now I feel more confident and excited again!
Well, I guess there’s only one thing left for me to say:
Have a great weekend and see you next time for some new adventures on Camille’s land!